California Water Service Group
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), California Water Service Group beat expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Margins dropped across the board.
California Water Service Group chalked up revenue of $143.6 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $136.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $131.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.31. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.33 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.31 for Q2 were 6.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.29 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 60.1%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.0%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.0%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $175.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $537.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.02.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 232 members out of 243 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 80 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 78 give California Water Service Group a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on California Water Service Group is outperform, with an average price target of $20.63.
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